How to Use Flash Cards for GRE to Improve GRE Verbal Score

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Scoring high in GRE Verbal section is not an easy task for many of you. Almost every student I have seen, have great GRE Quantitative score, but Verbal score will be less than 400.

Some cases, I have seen Verbal score of 280. Improving your GRE Vocabulary will certainly help you score more in Verbal section.

Reading through Barron’s word list and trying to remember all the words is not an easy task, but that’s when using GRE Flash Cards come in handy. If used in right way, remembering words from Barrons word list is very easy task.

GRE Flash Cards – How to Prepare One

There is no rocket science behind creating a flash cards. All you need a small piece of thick paper and pen. I suggest you to buy empty visiting cards ( business cards).

When you are studying from Barron’s word list, if you have difficulty in remembering the words ( I’m sure you will have many) then write down that word in the flashcard along with the different synonyms. One word per side of the card. [ How to Memorize Barrons GRE Words]

How to use GRE Flash Cards

Option 1

From the previous step, lets  assume you made 53 cards with difficult GRE Verbal words. Always have 5 to 10 cards with you (in your shirt, pant pocket, wallet, ..). Carry the flash cards with you always. Whenever you get a chance, try to take the look at the words and remember the synonyms of that word. It’s ok if you cannot recollect the meaning of that word. If you can remember the words, then its good for you. Keep doing that till you remember the all the words.

Option 2

Other option will be to give the cards to one of your friend and have them ask the word and see if you can say the meanings of the word. I followed this way. Almost everyone in my class, knew I was carrying cards and I will give it to them to ask me the words. One of my friend liked the word Mangy ( because of the way its pronounced) and we still make fun of each other even after many years.

So, now you know one of many technique I followed to remember the words for GRE Verbal. I was able to read and remember most of the words in a one wordlist per day.

In 45 days I could remember 90% of the words ( 3500 in total). Remaining 10% I used the flash cards. But, as you can see in my blog articles, I never use any such fancy words..I wish I could still remember those :-)

Improving Vocabulary Takes Time and Effort

One of major reason why I cannot remember those words – I never used  words after taking GRE. It was useful only till I took GRE and TOEFL.

But, you might know after reading words to improve your GRE Vocabulary, it takes time and consistent effort. In 45 days, I spent atleast 3 hours in a day only studying the wordlist.

I used other effective techniques that I will write in future articles.  Also, improving your vocabulary alone will not improve your Verbal score, its the starting point, you got Reading Comprehension, Sentence completions, Antonyms. [ Tips to Improve GRE Reading Comprehension Test Score]

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